Weaving Cultural Identities

Touring Exhibition

Date & Time

Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie, AB
October 26, 2023 to March 17, 2024


The Weaving Cultural Identities exhibition brings together Indigenous and Islamic communities in a collaborative exploration of weaving traditions and histories, thereby unpacking uneasy issues of belonging, displacement, diaspora, the land, and identity.

The exhibition features 10 woven prayer rugs created in a collaboration involving 10 Coast Salish Indigenous artists and 8 Muslim artists. The project is a visual manifest of prominent, national dialogues surrounding the reconciliation of heritage, and the sharing and celebration of cultural knowledge, symbolism, and self-identification through textile traditions.

The Weaving Cultural Identities touring exhibition is a catalyst for engaging diverse communities, upon completion of the tour in 2024, the Weaving Cultural Identities collaborative prayer rugs will have been exhibited in all 10 provinces and 3 territories across the Nation; Threads Through Time will have exhibited internationally and both will have served as a thoughtful engagement tool in a multitude of communities It is the fervent hope of the Vancouver Biennale that this weaving project will continue to promote and encourage ongoing cross-cultural gatherings, dialogues, and connections amongst varied demographics in urban and rural situations.

The Weaving Cultural Identities project was inspired by Saudi Arabian artist Ajlan Gharem’s public installation Paradise Has Many Gates, a chain-link mosque installed in Sen̓áḵw – Vanier Park, Vancouver, British Columbia as part of the 2018-2021 Vancouver Biennale’s curatorial theme of “re-IMAGE-n.” By reimagining Vancouver’s Indigenous and migrant communities’ loss of identity and sacred traditions through displacement, we can work towards reintroducing traditional practices that reflect spiritual healing and cultural restoration.
Read the exhibition catalogue (PDF)

Curated By

Zarina Laalo


Exhibition Photos:

Mike Thomas
Kevin Bertram

Watch the Video

Press Coverage

Yukon Arts Centre
Galleries West
Winnipeg Free Press


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Exhibition Inquiries

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Other Venues

Art Gallery of Grande Prairie | ON NOW

Grande Prairie AB

Oct. 26, 2023 - Mar. 17, 2024

Museum of Surrey | ENDED

Surrey BC

May. 1, 2023 - Oct. 1, 2023

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum | ENDED

Almonte ON

Feb. 18, 2023 - Apr. 15, 2023

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 | ENDED

Halifax NS

Nov. 12, 2022 - Jan. 22, 2023

Yukon Arts Centre | ENDED

Whitehorse, YT

Mar. 12, 2022 - May. 20, 2022

Penticton Art Gallery | ENDED

Penticton BC

Sep. 18, 2021 - Nov. 6, 2021

Resurgo Place | ENDED

Moncton NB

May. 8, 2021 - Aug. 22, 2021

Wanuskewin Heritage Park | ENDED

Saskatoon SK

Nov. 15, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020

Estevan Art Gallery & Museum | ENDED

Estevan, SK

Aug. 28, 2020 - Oct. 23, 2020

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery | ENDED

Winnipeg MB

Jun. 19, 2020 - Jul. 31, 2020